Binny’s Homebrew Competition featuring Samuel Adams Beer

“You guys have great palates.” This phrase is a totally normal compliment to hear in the beer-judging world, but it becomes pretty flattering when it comes from Jim Koch, Co-Founder of Samuel Adams Brewing Company, who was the guest of honor at the 8th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Competition. On Thursday, August 27th, I was invited to attend the final judging session and subsequent awards ceremony … Continue reading Binny’s Homebrew Competition featuring Samuel Adams Beer

Style Study: Russian Imperial Stout

Russian Imperial Stouts are currently classified as style 13F within the BJCP guidelines, and are described as being “brewed to high gravity and hopping level in England for export to the Baltic States and Russia.” The popular belief is that the likes of Catherine the Great loved this style, but after I went down an Internet rabbit hole in search of more information on this idea, … Continue reading Style Study: Russian Imperial Stout

When Cookie Met Beer, It Was Love at First Bite

On Monday, March 25th, on an early Spring* Monday in Chicago, I attended the Barley’s Angels “Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing” event at the Fountainhead in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. Fountainhead’s Chef Cleetus Freidman introduced his chorus of five Girl Scout cookie-based bites, each paired with a beer that either complimented or contrasted with his cookie creation. When Chef Cleetus said, “I looked at the Trefoil … Continue reading When Cookie Met Beer, It Was Love at First Bite

Recipe: A Belgian, Wit a Little Too Much Marmalade

About two months ago, I was honored to participate in an event at the Brew Camp classroom, put on by Kim Leshinski of Hail to the Ale. And now, a mere 60-ish days later, I am writing about it! 😉 Kim and I met at the 5 Rabbit Iron Brew Challenge, and when my husband and I won the challenge with our mole stout, (<–a post on the subject is … Continue reading Recipe: A Belgian, Wit a Little Too Much Marmalade